Identity Theft, Internet & Email Scams

Google Car Sale Scam

internet scam via craigslist and Google
Posted: January 2, 2014 at 11:22 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A new identity theft warning from today. Exercise caution when you consider buying a vehicle on Craigslist. There’s a new scam when you go to pay…

Awhile back we warned of a scam targeting vehicle shoppers on Edmunds. Now those of you thinking of making purchase on Craigslist anytime soon need to exercise caution. There is a scam going on involving Google Checkout and those who wish to make purchases out of state. If you fall for it, the scammer ends up with your identity including name and address, plus your money, while you get nothing in return.

How this Internet scam works is that the scammer lists something on Craigslist, commonly a motor vehicle like an ATV, a pickup truck, or a small vehicle like a Nissan Altima or a motorcycle. One thing to notice is that the scammer will sell the item well below market value, and will have some story as to why they are selling it so cheaply. Once you indicate interest, the scammer will tell you that the vehicle is ready for shipping to your address from an out-of-state location. All you have to do is give the scammer your name and shipping address, and then everything will be set up via Google Checkout.

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